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Title: OSHA's Position on Safer Needle Devices:
Type: Text Slide
Section (d)(2)(i) of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard requires the use of engineering and work practice controls to eliminate or minimize employee exposure.
CPL 2-2.44C states that "Section (d)(2) shall be cited for failure to use engineering/work practice controls."
CPL 2-2.44C also states that: "Most preferable is the use of devices which offer an alternative to needles being used to perform the procedure. Examples of such devices include stopcocks (on-off switch), needle-protected systems or needleless systems which can be used in place of open needles to connect intravenous lines. Other devices which are integral to the syringe, such as self-sheathing needles, allow both hands to remain behind the needle and require very little manipulation to isolate the needle safely." In addition, "While employers do not automatically have to institute the most sophisticated engineering controls ( e.g., needleless IV connectors, self-sheathing needles), it is the employer's responsibility to evaluate the effectiveness of existing controls and to review the feasibility of instituting more advanced engineering controls."
Therefore, failure to use engineering and work practice controls could result in a citation.